Advanced Applications of Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT): Complex Trauma and Special Populations

Presenters: Jessica Griffin, Psy.D. and Jessica Wozniak, Psy.D.

Dates: April 2-3, 2014

Times: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. each day

Costs: Full Rate: $370; Group/Student Rate: $333; Special Pre-Approved Group Rate $315 (you must have received prior approval).

Location: Holiday Inn, Brookline, MA


This workshop will provide participants with advanced training in applications of TF-CBT for special populations and nontraditional settings, including military families, court-involved youth, in-home therapy, children with complex trauma, play therapy with young children, and children with developmental disabilities. Presenters will combine didactic training with hands-on exercises, as well as videos, music, and role-play demonstration of techniques. Strategies for troubleshooting and overcoming implementation barriers will be discussed, including lessons learned from previous implementation initiatives in Massachusetts and around the country. This workshop is intended for audience members who have previous TF-CBT training, as well as prior experience implementing TF-CBT.

Participants will:

1) Describe how to implement/modify treatment for youth with complex trauma
2) Be able to identify and describe concrete strategies in using TF-CBT in the home
3) Increase knowledge of how to apply TF-CBT with military families


Jessica L. Griffin, Psy.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she has been a faculty member since 2006. Dr. Griffin is a nationally recognized expert in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), the most rigorously tested treatment for trauma in children with over 14 clinical trials supporting its efficacy and effectiveness. Dr. Griffin is the only approved national trainer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for this evidence-based practice in the treatment of childhood trauma. Dr. Griffin provides training and ongoing consultation in TF-CBT, for providers across New England. Since joining the faculty at UMMS in 2006, Dr. Griffin has trained and provided consultation for hundreds of clinicians across the northeast United States including Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and Maine. In September of 2012, as Principal Investigator, Dr. Griffin was awarded a 4-year, $1.6 million Category III (Community Treatment and Services Center) National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) grant by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to develop the UMMS Child Trauma Training Center. Within the UMASS Department of Psychiatry, she she has trained and supervised dozens of postdoctoral psychology fellows, psychology interns, and child psychiatry fellows. Dr. Griffin is a clinical and forensic psychologist with a specialty in forensic assessment of children and families, particularly with regard to childhood trauma and abuse. She has extensive expertise in childhood maltreatment, the impact of trauma, psychological assessment, and divorce and custody matters. Dr. Griffin worked extensively in the UMASS Family Court Clinics, continues to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the family courts, performing court-ordered forensic and psychological evaluations in the juvenile courts and at the request of juvenile attorneys on issues related to juvenile competency, sexual abuse, trauma, educational issues, and cognitive and psychological functioning, and provides expert witness testimony for the juvenile and family courts. She presents regularly at a local, national and international level on topics related to childhood trauma, TF-CBT, and forensic evaluation of children and families.

Jessica Wozniak,Psy.D. is the Clinical Grants Coordinator at Baystate Children’s Hospital’s Family Advocacy Center in Springfield, MA, where she is co-primary investigator on her second SAMHSA NCTSN funded TF-CBT Dissemination grant. Additionally, she oversees the training of masters and doctoral level interns. Dr. Wozniak is a clinical child psychologist specializing in childhood trauma and assessment. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Hartford and a Clinical Instructor at Tufts University School of Medicine.


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  • Cohen, J. A., Deblinger, E., Mannarino, A. P., & Steer, R. A. (2004). A multi-site, randomized controlled trial for sexually abused children with PTSD symptoms. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 43, 393-402.
  • Cohen, JS, Mannarino, AP, Kliethermes, M., & Murray, LA (2012). Trauma-focused CBT for youth with complex trauma. Child Abuse and Neglect, 36, 528-41.
  • Ford, J. & Courtois, C. (Eds.). (2013). Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Scientific Foundations and Therapeutic Models. New York, NY:Guildford Press.
  • TF-CBT Web-

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Note that a group is considered 3+ individuals registering at the same time from the same agency. Students need to be enrolled in a degree-seeking program and have proof of that enrollment.

Full Rate: $370:

Group/Student Rate: $333:

Special, Pre-Approved Group Rate: $315 (you must have received prior approval to use this link):